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Sunday, February 1, 2009

New grant for climate change research

The Department of Energy's National Center for Climate Change Research has awarded $160,000 to Harvard Forest Senior Ecologist Aaron Ellison and Postdoctoral Fellow Matt Fitzpatrick for a two-year study to develop models that forecast changes in the distribution and abundance of tree species in eastern North American forests under historic and future climate change.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

New Harvard Forest Publication: Understory Vegetation in Old and Second Growth Hemlock Forests

Former REU (2000) and Ph.D. student (2007) Tony D'Amato along with HF ecologists David Orwig and David Foster recently compared the understory communities (herbs, shrubs, and tree seedlings and saplings) of old-growth and second-growth eastern hemlock forests (Tsuga canadensis) in western Massachusetts, USA. Second-growth hemlock forests originated following clearcut logging in the late 1800s and were 108 to 136 years old at the time of sampling.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

HF Schoolyard Ecology Teacher Receives Award

Schoolyard Award Winners

The New England Environmental Education Alliance (NEEEA) presented the NEEA 2008 Formal Educator Award to Katherine Bennett, a teacher at J.R. Briggs Elementary School in Ashburnham, Massachusetts. Kate has integrated real world science and out of doors study into her classes by working with researchers at the Harvard Forest on a variety of projects focused on forest environments, the hemlock woolly adelgid, and ant ecology.